Popular culture suggests leaders can create meaningful change from snap decisions and gut reactions. While it is true that great leaders often need to think on their feet, leadership is about far more than reacting effectively. Great leadership includes preparation. Exceptional leadership that creates lasting positive effects comes from a commitment to core principles. It’s [...]
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When asked what leadership traits team members admire in their leader, the answers typically center around consistency, values, purpose, dependability, and patience. A strong leader represents safety and inspiration. But leaders cannot get to a place where they exemplify these values if they do not incorporate professional behavior into their day-to-day routines. When leaders exemplify [...]
Almost everyone has experienced (or heard stories about) the type of boss who is always disappointed. This toxic work environment causes team members to walk on eggshells trying to avoid interactions with the annoyed person. Some leaders may think that a constant state of disapproval encourages teams to perform better and rise to the challenge. [...]
After what felt like far more than a year and a half, many organizations are finally beginning to transition back to the office. But few, if any, are going back to the way things were. COVID-19 erased the rulebook that dictated how, where, and when people worked. Over the past 16 months, teams and businesses [...]
Compassion is rarely the first thing people think of when they imagine the typical leader. Instead, it’s easy to conjure up images of stoic decision-makers focused only on a bottom line. Certainly, leaders must lead, and decisiveness is an important component of that role. But those who act without compassion do so at the extreme [...]
Imagine your boss sees you and asks, “How’s it going?” Chances are you’ll smile, say “Great!” and continue on with your day. But things might not be going great. You’re overwhelmed with work. You’re anxious about an upcoming promotion opportunity. Or, you’re frustrated again by a failing tech infrastructure. Why don’t you say any of [...]
Almost everyone experiences burnout at some point in their career. Some in toxic work environments deal with it constantly. But a workplace doesn’t have to be unhealthy in order for someone to feel burned out. Burnout can happen to anyone, even your star players. It happens when they feel overwhelmed, undervalued, or forgotten about. And [...]
The image of an iconic coach is that of a commander on the sidelines, yelling instructions at players or yelling in the locker room. This classic figure thrived on the belief that tough love and hard knocks would foster inspiration on the field. Many associate the role of a leader with that of a coach. [...]
There are lots of different leadership styles. There’s the inclusive leader, who brings people in to talk and process things. There’s the commander, who gives orders and doesn’t take no for an answer. There’s the passive leader who lets things work themselves out. The list goes on and on. Almost every leadership style is effective [...]
Picture a manager, recently promoted into a position of leadership. It’s their first time having such authority and they’re filled with anxiety. What if their team doesn’t follow them? What if people think they aren’t qualified? What if they actually aren’t qualified? Imposter syndrome is common for leaders in new positions, whether it's their first [...]